3. Damage to the Liver
Another side effect of taking statins to reduce blood cholesterol levels that has the potential to be fatal is liver damage. These medications can increase the number of enzymes that trigger inflammation in the liver. If the increase of these enzymes is mild, patients can continue taking statin medications; however, if the level of these enzymes increases to severe levels, your health could be in serious danger. Of all of the negative effects of statins, liver damage has been reported the most.
A large percentage of the liver damage that has been reported as a result of statins has been severe, and in some cases, it has been deadly. Reports relate to liver damage and statins include jaundice, the need for liver transplantation, and death as a result of acute liver failure. Researchers have found that the link between statins and liver damage is very high. In many cases, liver damage was reversed when patients stopped taking a statin, but it returned when they started taking it again.